TAKING STRONG exception to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘honest admission’ in Rampur yesterday that he asked the police to release the Nadwa students, state BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi today sought justification of political interference in police or Intelligence raids.
Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Tripathi said that direct interference of the CM in matters related to police custody was a serious issue, more so when it is done only to appease the Muslims.
He said that people had a right to know the reasons for police/Intelligence raid on an educational institution belonging to the minority community, why students were arrested from there and why did the CM interfere to get them released ?
Urging Yadav not to take issues of national interest so lightly, Tripathi said that it seems the CM was under pressure from certain quarters in the matter.
When Yadav can withdraw criminal cases against hardcore terrorists in ‘public interest’ and give a clean chit to terrorist outfit SIMI for petty political gains, one could well imagine the future of that state and country, Tripathi added.
Underlining the need for a thorough probe into the nexus between the SP and the SIMI, Tripathi strongly condemned the alleged attack on the office of the United Bharat and its journalists in Lucknow and said that such incidents could take place only under the present regime.
Meanwhile, state vice-president of the BJP Ramapati Shastri today condemned UPA government’s decision to scrap reservation for the Scheduled Castes and the Backward Class students in the minority institutions. “It is height of Muslim appeasement. Even Mayawati, who claims to be a messiah of Dalits, was silent on such a sensitive issue while Congress chief was targeting Dalits to woo Muslims,” he said.
Shastri added that the HRD Ministry-approved books were dubbing revolutionaries as terrorists and regretted that the Mulayam Singh Government wanted to impose ‘Islamic Rule’ while Sonia Gandhi was interested in ‘Christian Rule’ in India.